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How to Paint Your Brake Calipers

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Looking to add the perfect custom touch to your car? You can get the professional look of painted calipers in your own garage with Caliper Paint. Here’s how to get this look.

  1. PREPARE: Always work in a well-ventilated area and use a drop cloth to protect from overspray. Remove the wheels and tires from your car. Then, use masking paper and painter’s tape to mask off the surrounding areas of the car, brake lines, bleeder screws, and piston boots to protect them from paint. TIP: Consider also using aluminum foil to mask off large areas. Check out this video to see how.
  2. CLEAN: Shake your can of brake cleaner for one minute. Then, spray it onto the caliper from 10-16” away and wipe off with a lint-free cloth. Repeat this step until the caliper is completely clean.
  3. PAINT: Shake your can of Caliper Paint for one minute after the mixing ball starts to rattle. Then, hold the can 10-16” away from the caliper and spray a few light coats 10 minutes apart. Use a continuous, sweeping motion while spraying.
  4. FINISH: Your painted caliper will be dry enough to handle after one hour. Wait 5-9 hours before re-installing wheels and 24 hours before driving. The painted caliper will be fully cured after seven days. Keep in mind that dry time will vary based on the temperature and humidity of your area.